"The Lord is King for ever and ever."
Jesus Christ is no despotic claimant of divine right, but
He is really and truly the Lord's anointed! "It hath pleased the
Father that in Him should all fulness dwell." God hath given to
Him all power and all authority. As the Son of man, He is now
head over all things to His church, and He reigns over heaven,
and earth, and hell, with the keys of life and death at His
girdle. Certain princes have delighted to call themselves kings
by the popular will, and certainly our Lord Jesus Christ is
such in His church. If it could be put to the vote whether He
should be King in the church, every believing heart would crown
Him. O that we could crown Him more gloriously than we do! We
would count no expense to be wasted that could glorify Christ.
Suffering would be pleasure, and loss would be gain, if thereby
we could surround His brow with brighter crowns, and make Him
more glorious in the eyes of men and angels. Yes, He shall
reign. Long live the King! All hail to Thee, King Jesus! Go
forth, ye virgin souls who love your Lord, bow at His feet,
strew His way with the lilies of your love, and the roses of
your gratitude: "Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him
Lord of all." Moreover, our Lord Jesus is King in Zion by right
of conquest: He has taken and carried by storm the hearts of
His people, and has slain their enemies who held them in cruel
bondage. In the Red Sea of His own blood, our Redeemer has
drowned the Pharaoh of our sins: shall He not be King in
Jeshurun? He has delivered us from the iron yoke and heavy curse
of the law: shall not the Liberator be crowned? We are His
portion, whom He has taken out of the hand of the Amorite with
His sword and with His bow: who shall snatch His conquest from
His hand? All hail, King Jesus! we gladly own Thy gentle sway!
Rule in our hearts for ever, Thou lovely Prince of Peace.